Celebrities: Fiona Bruce, Jon Snow, Sir Paul McCartney and Suranne Jones

Famous names supporting charities this week

Suranne Jones
Suranne Jones

Presenter Fiona Bruce has accepted a cheque for £27,050 from Chris Grigg, chief executive of British Land, on behalf of Action Medical Research. Bruce is president of the childrens charity's Action Partners scheme, aimed at major and corporate donors.

Channel 4 News presenter Jon Snow has re-opened the New Horizon Youth Centre's new premises. Snow is chair of the organisation, which offers services to homeless young people in King's Cross, London. It has been rebuilt with an investment of £1.5m from the Department for Children, Schools and Families.

Songwriter Sir Paul McCartney has backed a campaign by the International Fund for Animal Welfare aimed at upholding the ban on hunting with dogs.

Soul singer Lemar has become an ambassador for the charity No Smoking Day. The charity supports smokers and runs the annual event, which takes place this year on 10 March. "If, by supporting No Smoking Day, I can help one person to break free from the chains of their smoking addiction, then I believe that my role as an ambassador will have been worthwhile," said Lemar.

Arsenal and England footballer Theo Walcott has presented the 20,000th set of free football kits donated by sports charity the Football Foundation. The strip went to the St Thomas More Catholic School's under-14 girls team in Wood Green, north London.

Actor Suranne Jones will trek the Great Wall of China in May to raise money for the Fire Fighters Charity. Jones, who played Karen McDonald in Coronation Street, will walk 80km for the charity, which supports fire fighters and their families. "I am looking forward to the challenge, but at the same time it is quite daunting," said Jones. "It will be tough, but nothing like what a fire fighter recovering from burns has to go through."

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